The Blessing of Giving by Ernest Easley

The Blessing of Giving
Series: Back to the Basics
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
Acts 20.35
December 7, 2008
Missions Warm Up Day

We're asking God today for direction regarding how much He would have us give next Sunday to our World Mission Offering. Our goal this year is $400,000.00 ... the largest mission goal we have ever had in our 65 year history as a church!
Now I can hear somebody say, "Pastor, what a fine time for us to have the largest mission goal in our 65 year history as a church! Haven't you heard? We're in a recession! Our retirement accounts have been reduced in half! We're in a national financial crisis. Could the timing be any worse for such a large goal?"
I don't know if the timing could be any better for us to have such a lofty goal!! Let me ask you a question: do you believe the words of Jesus? Luke 6.38, "Give, and it shall be given to you .." Jesus said that! You give .. and what you give will be given back to you!
And then there is Paul's word to the church at Philippi in Philippians 4.19, "And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus." Do you remember who he said that too? Those folks who had sacrificially given to missions.
The members at the church at Philippi had given a missions offering to Paul out of their poverty! They had nothing! And yet .. they sacrificially gave out of their poverty and now Paul looks at them and says, "My God shall supply your need for having supplied my need, so that the good news of Jesus may be taken to the people of the world. Whatever need you now have for having given to this mission offering .. My God shall now supply your need."
Hey folks .. you may be planning to cut back in your Christmas spending this year .. but this is no time to consider cutting back in your Mission giving! And next Sunday when you come with your tithe in one hand and your mission offering in your other hand .. I'm praying that your gifts will be the largest missions offering that you have ever given before.
Now as we ask God how much He would have us give next Sunday to our World Mission Offering .. take God's Word and turn with me to Acts 20. We've been learning what it means for us to get back to the basics of what it means to be a Christian and to be His Church.
Once you experience Jesus .. you want everybody to experience Jesus. Once you experience forgiveness .. you want everybody to experience forgiveness. Once you experience salvation .. you want everybody to experience salvation. And next Sunday we have the opportunity to do our part in sharing Jesus with the world through our giving!
Oh .. the Blessing of Giving! And that's what we find Paul talking about in this 20th chapter of Acts. He is in the process of saying goodbye to a group of people he had led to Christ. It was an emotional time for all of them. In fact .. we read in verse 38, "... that they would see his face no more."
As he was saying goodbye .. look what ...


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